For the woman caught in adultery, the outcome looked pretty grim, there is no way out of the capital punishment, especially when you are brought half naked in front of Jesus. The law, as it does so well, exposes her for everyone to see how terribly wrong she is. But this is without counting on Jesus who once again brings dignity to a situation seemingly hopeless. The Pharisees thought by testing Him they would finally discredit Him, yet they left pierced by the beauty of the Gospel. In this episode of "Encounters", Martial speaks about the scandalous love that continues to restore a woman who should have been put to death.
What do you do when your concept of community is being challenged by Jesus? Most of us, like the Pharisees, would reject it, especially when our culture has molded our ways. We function under a bounded set community where rules and static attributes become the determining factor telling us if we are in or out of the community. Jesus is changing the rules with something so radical that it would eventually lead Him to the cross. This scandalous community is the kingdom of God. Are you in?
John the apostle illuminates the story of creation but this time from the perspective of Jesus, as Mary Magdalene meets Him after the resurrection. New creation is finally here and Jesus has the last word on our rebellion. But what does it mean for all the disciples who left Him and all those who gave up of faith? Will jesus rebuke them and force them to toe the line or will He gently reveal Himself to them and let them see Him for who He is?
Life starts in a garden and this is exactly where you will find the Gardener. Mary was looking for Jesus in the tomb but instead she found Him tending the Garden. It wasn't a case of mistaken identity, it was a prophetic sign that from now on Jesus would be cultivating new life in all of us who believe. This is the message of Easter, a God who is willing to get His hands in the humus of humanity and bring forth new life in our wasted land. This podcast includes Thom Avison sharing about his own resurrection from religious bondage.
When we start looking closely at the genealogy of Jesus, we notice that they are some less than worthy characters in His family. Along Abraham and the patriarchs, we find prostitutes, Gentiles, adulterers, idolaters, murderers and so forth. But what does that mean for you and me? How does our family tree affect our own lives and our identity? On this Palm Sunday, Martial explores the importance of being included in God's story. What does it mean for us?
Have you ever heard a voice on the radio and formed a picture in you mind imagining the person speaking only to find out they don't look at all what you imagined. Expectations have the same effect in us. They are like painters working on an image inside of us but would be far from the reality. If we stay attached to the image in our mind rather than reality, we run the risk of being offended. Jesus was, for the religious elites, an offense simply because the expectation they had painted inside was not even close to the revelation of the Image of God found in Jesus. Matt Peterson does a fantastic job at helping us navigate through our expectations without being offended. Enjoy!!!
When it comes to courage, once again the women in the Gospel are the highlight. At the end of His life, Jesus finds Himself deserted by the male disciples who for fear of being caught walked away from Jesus. Even after His body is laid to the tomb, none of the disciples dared to venture out. But Mary Magdalene isn't afraid of the consequence, and rushed to the tomb to prepare Jesus for a proper burial. It is there that she meets the Lord in a whole new way. In this episode of "Encounters" Melissa brings us a word about the need for grit in our lives and courage to face our greatest fear.
While Jesus was on a ministry trip far away from Bethany, He received a distressed message informing Him to come back because His friend whom He loved was dying. Instead of hurrying back to His friends' house, Jesus stayed two more days where He was instead of going where He was needed, to help the people He supposedly loved. This passage has always stumped mean people. Was Jesus callous about the plight of His friends? In this episode of Encounters, Martial Ferigo tackles what is really going on in this story, and the answer might surprise you.
When Jesus gets invited to spend dinner time with a family from Bethany there is always something to be learned.. This episode of our series Encounters focuses on two sisters named Martha and Mary. What can we learn from them? Is Jesus really elevating idle worship above dedicated work? The lesson might surprise you.
We continue our series "Encounters" with the story of a woman dealing with an issue of blood for 12 years. Her only hope is to touch Jesus and if she can touch His garment would be enough to heal her. However, to separate the encounter from the context would be missing the intention of story. It is while Jesus is on his way to heal Jairus' daughter who was 12 years old that the encounter takes place. Both stories are intrinsically connected as they both reveal our need for God whether you have been struggling with a long time struggle or you have followed the precepts of the law. How does Jesus heal both and what is revealed though this is powerful.
Do you see the Woman? This is the question Jesus asked Simon the pharisee at a dinner party. It is the question that we all need to ask ourselves in our perception of others. What religion does is strained our eyes on failures and shortcomings. There is a risk when we fail to see people the way Jesus sees them. In this part two of the Alabaster box, Martial breaks down the pitfalls of seeing differently than Jesus and how to overcome them.
We often think that what we have done wrong in our past, whether it be sins too great to let go, or massive failures, have somehow kept us out of the presence of God. His holiness being such that He would not allow us to touch him with our filthy hands. It is quite the contrary with Jesus. Our sins are an invitation to experience His presence, a catalyst to open our heart to touch His heart. In part 3 of our series Encounters, Martial shares about the woman with the alabaster box barging in on a dinner party amongst religious elites. The contrast is staggering, but we all have an inner pharisee in us so Where do you find yourself at the dinner party?
We continue our series "encounters" with the woman at the well. It is easy to encounter Jesus in a very quiet place, but what if Jesus wants to be with us in the everyday life in the most irreligious places of our lives? This is exactly what the Samaritan woman found out. Melissa Capps brings us some fantastic points about meeting Jesus in the most unusual and most unlikely places in our lives. Enjoy.
We are kicking off 2017 with a brand new series called #Encounters. Looking at Jesus with people in the Gospel narrative tells us about His heart for our humanity and our struggles. We begin with the woman crippled for 18 years. For this woman, life looks more like feet shuffling the dirt rather than an upright walk with confidence. For her, she goes through life unnoticed and mislabeled until the Prince of Life calls out to her. What can one do when the weight of emotional and spiritual depression causes us to look down rather than into His eyes? The hope is always found in our restored identity.
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